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Contemporary history has not erased the legend of Waterloo, it has increased its lesson tenfold. The drama that unfolded in Belgium, when Napoleon chose to take his destiny into his own hands one last time to confront Wellington's Anglo-allied troops and Blücher's Prussian army, has been told hundreds of times by historians. It has also inspired poets and philosophers and, more recently, cinema has also taken up the Battle of Waterloo to put it into images.
The facts as for them, are at the same time glorious and dramatic: on June 16 in the morning, Ney discovers in front of him the crossroads of Quatre-Bras, solidly occupied by the vanguard of the army of Wellington. At 2 p.m., he launched his attack. All afternoon, the battle rages, the losses are heavy on both sides. At the end of the day, the men are dying of fatigue and the fight ceases without a real winner. On the same day, Napoleon defeated the Prussians at Ligny.
Two days later, Napoleon found himself facing Wellington south of Waterloo. Both armies have approximately 70,000 men. Napoleon's plan is simple: make a central attack against the English, having secured their wings. But things don't go as planned. The Hougoumont farm resisted all attacks, the offensive of the 1st Corps was cut short and the mad charges launched by Ney were not enough to bring down the enemy. Soon the Prussians emerge on the right of the French. Napoleon must then wage a defensive battle. The Guard attacks one last time. The Guard retreats and it is the end: the great Napoleonic epic died on the evening of June 18, 1815, in the plain of Waterloo.
In memory of this mythical battle, let us give in to Commander Lachouque's invitation: "Pilgrim of Waterloo, stop for a few moments near the Belle-Alliance, in front of the eagle with broken wings, in the place where Napoleon saw his star disappear on the horizon. Look at the peaks of Mont-Saint-Jean, Hougoumont, the valley of La Haye-Sainte; Collect yourselves before those who have been sleeping since this day of struggle to the death. You will understand that a European drama has come to an end, the curtain has fallen on the last act, which began on June 2, 1812, when the Grande Armée crossed the Niémen”.

Quatre-Bras and Waterloo 1815 are battles that place players in front of many challenges: assaults on fortified farms, cavalry charges, organization of large artillery batteries, management of reserves or exploitation of reinforcements. Will Napoleon manage to find the fault in the defensive system of the English? Will Wellington have the guts to hold his line against the best army in the world? Will Blücher arrive in time to decide the fate of the day?

Composition of the game

  • 2 cards 59 x 83 cm
  • 432 pre-cut pawns and markers
  • 1 rulebook
  • 1 scenario booklet
  • 1 game aid

Game scales

  • Units: 1 strength point for 250 cavalry, 350 infantry or 3 guns
  • Time: 1 lap for 90 minutes
  • Map: 400 m per hex
  • Game time: 2 to 10 hours of play depending on the scenario
  • Complexity: 7/9

Specifications

Product Code
LUD001
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Waterloo 1815

Product Code: LUD001

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